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Calendar of Public Meetings and Hearings on Permitting Cases

Here you will find a listing of all upcoming public meetings, notice and comment hearings, informal public hearings, and contested case hearings on permitting applications.
Table of upcoming public meetings and hearings on permitting cases.
DateTimeCityApplicantMeeting/
Hearing Type
Permit No.SOAH Docket No.
04/23/15 7:00 p.m. Larue Halyard Energy Henderson, LLC Public Meeting 122733 -
04/28/15 7:00 p.m. Hondo Simpson Crushed Stone, LLC Informational Meeting 130273, 130293, 130373 -
04/30/15 7:00 p.m. Hondo Chanas Aggregates Blanco, LLC Informational Meeting 130211 -
05/06/15 10:00 a.m. Austin City of Liberty Hill Contested Case Hearing WQ0014477001 582-15-2936
05/19/15 6:00 p.m. Katy Great Southern Ready Mix, LLC Public Hearing 131166 -
06/01/15 10:00 a.m. Austin New Information Galveston County Landfill TX, LP Contested Case Hearing 1149B 582-15-3381
06/01/15 10:00 a.m. Austin New Information City of Wimberley Contested Case Hearing WQ0013321001 582-15-3337

Please Note

With few exceptions, the meetings and hearings on this page have been requested by the public for the specific purpose of discussing permitting issues, such as whether a facility should be allowed to obtain, renew, or amend a Texas Pollutant Discharge Elimination System, New Source Review, or Municipal Solid Waste permit at a specific location.

All of the meetings are arranged and conducted by the TCEQ's Office of the Chief Clerk (OCC). Most of the hearings, however, are arranged and conducted by the State Office of Administrative Hearings (SOAH), which was created expressly for that purpose.

This calendar only lists meetings and contested case hearings on permitting cases. In addition, the SOAH hearings in this calendar only announce the first notice, or preliminary hearing date, of a case, and are posted purely as a courtesy to our customers. For information on subsequent SOAH hearings, contact SOAH at the number listed below.

Follow these links to find information about TCEQ commission agendas, commission work sessions, the executive director's agenda, and public hearings for proposed rules; or SOAH hearings Exit the TCEQ on rate cases, Certificates of Convenience and Necessity (CCN), enforcement matters, and contract disputes.

If you have questions about a specific hearing or meeting, please call the contact person listed on the hearing or meeting notice. If you have general questions about this calendar, please call OCC at 512-239-3300.

SOAH may be reached by phone 512-475-4993, by E-mail (feedback@soah.texas.gov), or on the Web (www.soah.texas.gov). Exit the TCEQ

Persons with disabilities who plan to attend a TCEQ meeting or SOAH hearing and who need special accommodations should call OCC (512-239-3300) or 1-800-RELAY-TX (TDD) at least one week prior to the event.


NOTICE OF APPLICATION AND PRELIMINARY DECISION
FOR AN AIR QUALITY PERMIT

PROPOSED PERMIT NUMBER: 122733

APPLICATION AND PRELIMINARY DECISION.
Halyard Energy Henderson, LLC, 1200 Smith Street Suite 1600, Houston, Texas 77002-4403, has applied to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) for issuance of Proposed Air Quality Permit Number 122733, which would authorize construction of the Halyard Henderson Energy Center located near Larue, Henderson County, Texas 75770. The following directions were provided: from the intersection of Texas Farm-to-Market 2588 and County Road 4402, drive 0.3 miles west on County Road 4402 and the site will be on the right. This application was submitted to the TCEQ on August 14, 2014. The proposed facility will emit the following contaminants: organic compounds, nitrogen oxides, carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, sulfuric acid mist, particulate matter including particulate matter with diameters of 10 microns or less and 2.5 microns or less and hazardous air pollutants.

The executive director has completed the technical review of the application and prepared a draft permit which, if approved, would establish the conditions under which the facility must operate. The executive director has made a preliminary decision to issue the permit because it meets all rules and regulations. The permit application, executive director’s preliminary decision, and draft permit will be available for viewing and copying at the TCEQ central office, the TCEQ Tyler regional office, and the Clint W. Murchison Memorial Library, 121 South Prairieville Street, Athens, Henderson County, Texas, beginning the first day of publication of this notice. The facility’s compliance file, if any exists, is available for public review at the TCEQ Tyler Regional Office, 2916 Teague Drive, Tyler, Texas.

PUBLIC COMMENT/PUBLIC MEETING.
The TCEQ will hold a public meeting for this application. You may submit public comments on this application or request a contested case hearing to the TCEQ Office of the Chief Clerk at the address below. The purpose of a public meeting is to provide the opportunity to submit comment or to ask questions about the application. A public meeting is not a contested case hearing. The TCEQ will consider all public comments in developing a final decision on the application.

A public meeting will be held and will consist of two parts, an Informal Discussion Period and a Formal Comment Period. A public meeting is not a contested case hearing under the Administrative Procedure Act. During the Informal Discussion Period, the public will be encouraged to ask questions of the applicant and TCEQ staff concerning the permit application. The comments and questions submitted orally during the Informal Discussion Period will not be considered before a decision is reached on the permit application and no formal response will be made. Responses will be provided orally during the Informal Discussion Period. During the Formal Comment Period on the permit application, members of the public may state their formal comments orally into the official record. At the conclusion of the comment period, all formal comments will be considered before a decision is reached on the permit application. A written response to all formal comments will be prepared by the Executive Director and will be sent to each person who submits a formal comment or who requested to be on the mailing list for this permit application and provides a mailing address. Only relevant and material issues raised during the Formal Comment Period can be considered if a contested case hearing is granted on this permit application.

The Public Meeting is to be held:
Thursday, April 23, 2015 at 7:00 PM
LaPoynor ISD
13155 US Hwy 175 E
Larue, Texas 75770

You may submit additional written public comments within 30 days of the date of newspaper publication of this notice in the manner set forth in the AGENCY CONTACTS AND INFORMATION paragraph below.

After the deadline for public comment, the executive director will consider the comments and prepare a response to all public comment. The response to comments, along with the executive director’s decision on the application will be mailed to everyone who submitted public comments or is on a mailing list for this application.

OPPORTUNITY FOR A CONTESTED CASE HEARING.
A contested case hearing is a legal proceeding similar to a civil trial in a state district court. A person who may be affected by emissions of air contaminants from the facility is entitled to request a hearing. A contested case hearing request must include the following: (1) your name (or for a group or association, an official representative), mailing address, daytime phone number, and fax number, if any; (2) applicant’s name and permit number; (3) the statement “I/we request a contested case hearing;” (4) a specific description of how you would be adversely affected by the application and air emissions from the facility in a way not common to the general public; (5) the location and distance of your property relative to the facility; and (6) a description of how you use the property which may be impacted by the facility. If the request is made by a group or association, then one or more members who have standing to request a hearing and the interests the group or association seek to protect must also be identified. You may also submit your proposed adjustments to the application/permit which would satisfy your concerns. Requests for a contested case hearing must be submitted in writing within 30 days following this notice to the Office of the Chief Clerk, at the address provided in the information section below.

A contested case hearing will only be granted based on disputed issues of fact that are relevant and material to the Commission’s decisions on the application. Further, the Commission will only grant a hearing on issues raised by you or others during the public comment period and have not been withdrawn. Issues that are not raised in public comments may not be considered during a hearing.

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR ACTION.
A timely hearing request has been received by the TCEQ. However, if all timely contested case hearing requests have been withdrawn and no additional comments are received, the executive director may issue final approval of the application. The response to comments, along with the executive director’s decision on the application will be mailed to everyone who submitted public comments or is on a mailing list for this application, and will be posted electronically to the Commissioners’ Integrated Database (CID). If all timely hearing requests are not withdrawn, the executive director will not issue final approval of the permit and will forward the application and requests to the Commissioners for their consideration at a scheduled commission meeting.

INFORMATION AVAILABLE ONLINE.
When they become available, the executive director’s response to comments and the final decision on this application will be accessible through the Commission’s Web site at www.tceq.texas.gov/goto/cid. Once you have access to the CID using the above link, enter the permit number for this application which is provided at the top of this notice. This link to an electronic map of the site or facility's general location is provided as a public courtesy and not part of the application or notice. For exact location, refer to application. http://www.tceq.texas.gov/assets/public/hb610/index.html?lat=32.07&lng=-95.683333&zoom=13&type=r.

MAILING LIST.
You may ask to be placed on a mailing list to obtain additional information on this application by sending a request to the Office of the Chief Clerk at the address below.

AGENCY CONTACTS AND INFORMATION.
Public comments and requests must be submitted either electronically at www.tceq.texas.gov/about/comments.html, or in writing to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, Office of the Chief Clerk, MC-105, P.O. Box 13087, Austin, Texas 78711-3087. If you communicate with the TCEQ electronically, please be aware that your email address, like your physical mailing address, will become part of the agency’s public record. For more information about this permit application or the permitting process, please call the Public Education Program toll free at 1-800-687-4040. Si desea información en Español, puede llamar al 1-800-687-4040.

Further information may also be obtained from Halyard Energy Henderson LLC at the address stated above or by calling Mr. Christopher Depodesta, Authorized Representative at (713) 353-8757.

Persons with disabilities who need special accommodations at the meeting should call the Office of the Chief Clerk at 512-239-3300 or 1-800-RELAY-TX (TDD) at least one week prior to the meeting.

Notice Issuance Date: April 2, 2015


NOTICE OF INFORMATIONAL MEETING
ON AIR QUALITY STANDARD PERMIT
FOR PERMANENT ROCK AND CONCRETE CRUSHERS
BY SIMPSON CRUSHED STONE, L.L.C.

PROPOSED AIR QUALITY REGISTRATION NUMBERS
130273, 130293 AND 130373

SIMPSON CRUSHED STONE, L.L.C., 1948 County Road 1234, Nemo, Texas 76070-3003, has applied to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) for an Air Quality Standard Permit, Registration Numbers 130273, 130293, and 130373, which would authorize construction of permanent rock crushing facilities. The facility is proposed to be located near Quihi, Medina County, Texas 78861. The following driving directions were provided: from the intersection of Farm-to-Market Road 2676 and County Road 4516 in Quihi, go north on Farm- to-Market 2676 for 2 miles and turn left on County Road 351 for 1.7 miles. The site will be on the west side of the road. The following links to an electronic map of the proposed site or facility’s general location is provided as a courtesy and not part of the application or notice. For exact location, refer to the application. Link for Registration Number 130273: www.tceq.texas.gov/assets/public/hb610/index.html?lat=29.454444&lng=-99.04277&zoom=13&type=r. Link for Registration Number 130293: www.tceq.texas.gov/assets/public/hb610/index.html?lat=29.451388&lng=-99.031111&zoom=13&type=r. Link for Registration Number 130373: www.tceq.texas.gov/assets/public/hb610/index.html?lat=29.449722&lng=-99.040833&zoom=13&type=r.

The TCEQ will conduct an informational meeting to answer questions and discuss the application. The meeting will be held:

Tuesday, April 28, 2015 at 7:00 PM
Hondo Community Center
1014 18th Street
Hondo, Texas 78861

INFORMATION.
If you need more information about the permit application or the permitting process, please call the TCEQ Public Education Program, Toll Free, at 1-800-687-4040. General information can be found at our web site at http://www.tceq.texas.gov. Si desea información en Español, puede llamar al 1-800-687-4040.

Persons with disabilities who need special accommodations at the meeting should call the Office of the Chief Clerk at 512-239-3300 or 1-800-RELAY-TX (TDD) at least one week prior to the meeting.

Issued: April 13, 2015


NOTICE OF INFORMATIONAL MEETING
ON AIR QUALITY STANDARD PERMIT
FOR PERMANENT ROCK AND CONCRETE CRUSHERS
BY CHANAS AGGREGATES BLANCO, LLC

PROPOSED AIR QUALITY REGISTRATION NUMBER 130211

CHANAS AGGREGATES BLANCO, LLC, 7850 East State Highway 29, Llano, Texas 78643-3836, has applied to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) for an Air Quality Standard Permit, Registration Number 130211, which would authorize construction of a permanent rock crushing facility. The facility is proposed to be located near Johnson City, Blanco County, Texas 78636. The following driving directions were provided: from the intersection of Highway 290 and Highway 281 in Johnson City go 5.5 miles west on Highway 290, turn right on Triple S Trail, go 1.5 miles to destination on left (west side of road). This link to an electronic map of the site or facility’s general location is provided as a courtesy and not part of the application or notice. For exact location, refer to the application. www.tceq.texas.gov/assets/public/hb610/index.html?lat=30.2731&lng=-98.5045&zoom=13&type=r.

The TCEQ will conduct an informational meeting to answer questions and discuss the application. The meeting will be held:

Thursday, April 30, 2015 at 7:00 PM
Pedernales Electric Coop Auditorium
201 S. Avenue F
Johnson City, Texas 78636

INFORMATION.
If you need more information about the permit application or the permitting process, please call the TCEQ Public Education Program, Toll Free, at 1-800-687-4040. General information can be found at our web site at http://www.tceq.texas.gov. Si desea información en Español, puede llamar al 1-800-687-4040.

Persons with disabilities who need special accommodations at the meeting should call the Office of the Chief Clerk at 512-239-3300 or 1-800-RELAY-TX (TDD) at least one week prior to the meeting.

Issued: April 13, 2015


NOTICE OF HEARING
CITY OF LIBERTY HILL
SOAH Docket No. 582-15-2936
TCEQ Docket No. 2014-1720-MWD
Permit No. WQ0014477001

APPLICATION.
City of Liberty Hill, P.O. Box 1920, Liberty Hill, Texas 78642, has applied to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) for a major amendment to Texas Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (TPDES) Permit No. WQ0014477001 to authorize an increase in the discharge of treated domestic wastewater from an annual average flow not to exceed 1,200,000 gallons per day to an annual average flow not to exceed 4,000,000 gallons per day.

The facility is located approximately 5,000 feet north of the South Fork San Gabriel River and 2,000 feet east of US Highway 183 in Williamson County, Texas 78641. The treated effluent is discharged to the South Fork San Gabriel River in Segment No. 1250 of the Brazos River Basin. The designated uses for Segment No. 1250 are high aquatic life use, public water supply, aquifer protection, and primary contact recreation. In accordance with 30 Texas Administrative Code (TAC) § 307.5 and the TCEQ implementation procedures (June 2010) for the Texas Surface Water Quality Standards, an antidegradation review of the receiving waters was performed. A Tier I antidegradation review has preliminarily determined that existing water quality uses will not be impaired by this permit action. Numerical and narrative criteria to protect existing uses will be maintained. A Tier 2 review has preliminarily determined that no significant degradation of water quality is expected in the South Fork San Gabriel River, which has been identified as having high aquatic life use. Existing uses will be maintained and protected. The preliminary determination can be reexamined and may be modified if new information is received. This link to an electronic map of the site or facility’s general location is provided as a public courtesy and is not part of the application or notice. For the exact location, please refer to the application. www.tceq.texas.gov/assets/public/hb610/index.html?lat=30.631944&lng=-97.861666&zoom=13&type=r

The TCEQ Executive Director has prepared a draft permit which, if approved, would establish the conditions under which the facility must operate. The Executive Director has made a preliminary decision that this permit, if issued, meets all statutory and regulatory requirements. The permit application, Executive Director’s preliminary decision, and draft permit are available for viewing and copying at the Georgetown Public Library, 402 West 8th Street, Georgetown, Texas.

CONTESTED CASE HEARING.
The State Office of Administrative Hearings (SOAH) will conduct a preliminary hearing on this application at

10:00 a.m. – May 6, 2015
William P. Clements Building
300 West 15th Street, 4th Floor
Austin, Texas 78701

The purpose of a preliminary hearing is to establish jurisdiction, name the parties, establish a procedural schedule for the remainder of the proceedings, provide an opportunity for settlement discussions, and address other matters as determined by the administrative law judge. The preliminary hearing will be held unless all timely hearing requests are withdrawn or denied. The evidentiary phase of the contested case hearing, to be held at a later date, will be a legal proceeding similar to a civil trial in state district court and will address the disputed issues of fact identified in the TCEQ order concerning this application issued on March 10, 2015. In addition to these issues, the administrative law judge may consider additional issues if certain factors are met.

The contested case hearing will be conducted in accordance with Chapter 2001, Texas Government Code; Chapter 26, Texas Water Code; and the procedural rules of the TCEQ and SOAH, including 30 TAC Chapter 80 and 1 TAC Chapter 155.

To participate in the contested case hearing as a party, you must attend the preliminary hearing and show you would be affected by the application in a way not common to members of the general public. Any person may attend the preliminary hearing and request to be a party. Only persons named as parties may participate in the contested case hearing.

INFORMATION.
If you need more information about the hearing process for this application, please call the Public Education Program, toll free, at 1-800-687-4040. General information about the TCEQ can be found at our web site at http://www.tceq.texas.gov/.

Further information may also be obtained from the City of Liberty Hill at the address stated above or by calling Mr. Aaron Laughlin, P.E., Steger Bizzell, at 512-930-9412.

Persons with disabilities who need special accommodations at the hearing should call the SOAH Docketing Department at 512-475-3445 at least one week prior to the hearing.

Issued: March 25, 2015

Bridget C. Bohac, Chief Clerk
Texas Commission on Environmental Quality


NOTICE OF APPLICATION AND PUBLIC HEARING FOR AN AIR QUALITY STANDARD PERMIT
FOR A CONCRETE BATCH PLANT WITH ENHANCED CONTROLS

PROPOSED AIR QUALITY REGISTRATION NUMBER 131166

APPLICATION.
Great Southern Ready Mix, LLC, P.O. Box 716, Porter, Texas 77365-0716 has applied to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) for an Air Quality Standard Permit for a Concrete Batch Plant with Enhanced Controls Registration Number 131166 to authorize the operation of two concrete batch plants. The facility is proposed to be located at 21355 Farm-to-Market Road 529, Katy, Harris County, Texas 77449. This link to an electronic map of the site or facility's general location is provided as a public courtesy and not part of the application or notice. For exact location, refer to application. http://www.tceq.texas.gov/assets/public/hb610/index.html?lat=29.878888&lng=-95.74&zoom=13&type=r. This application was submitted to the TCEQ on March 19, 2015. The primary function of this plant is to manufacture concrete by mixing materials including (but not limited to) sand, aggregate, cement and water. The executive director has determined the application was technically complete on March 31, 2015.

PUBLIC COMMENT/PUBLIC HEARING.
Public written comments about this application may be submitted at any time during the public comment period. The public comment period begins on the first date notice is published and extends to the close of the public hearing. Public comments may be submitted either in writing to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, Office of the Chief Clerk, MC-105, P.O. Box 13087, Austin, TX 78711-3087, or electronically at www.tceq.texas.gov/about/comments.html. If you choose to communicate with the TCEQ electronically, please be aware that your email address, like your physical mailing address, will become part of the agency's public record.

A public hearing has been scheduled, that will consist of two parts, an informal discussion period and a formal comment period. During the informal discussion period, the public is encouraged to ask questions of the applicant and TCEQ staff concerning the application, but comments made during the informal period will not be considered by the executive director before reaching a decision on the permit, and no formal response will be made to the informal comments. During the formal comment period, members of the public may state their comments into the official record. Written comments about this application may also be submitted at any time during the hearing. The purpose of a public hearing is to provide the opportunity to submit written comments or an oral statement about the application. The public hearing is not an evidentiary proceeding.

The Public Hearing is to be held:
Tuesday, May 19, 2015, at 6:00 pm
Candlewood Suites
19998 Park Row Drive
Katy, Texas 77449

RESPONSE TO COMMENTS.
A written response to all formal comments will be prepared by the executive director after the comment period closes. The response, along with the executive director’s decision on the application, will be mailed to everyone who submitted public comments and the response to comments will be posted in the permit file for viewing.

The executive director shall approve or deny the application not later than 35 days after the date of the public hearing, considering all comments received within the comment period, and base this decision on whether the application meets the requirements of the standard permit.

CENTRAL/REGIONAL OFFICE.
The application will be available for viewing and copying at the TCEQ Central Office and the TCEQ Houston Regional Office, located at 5425 Polk St Ste H, Houston, Texas 77023-1452, during the hours of 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday, beginning the first day of publication of this notice.

INFORMATION.
If you need more information about this permit application or the permitting process, please call the Public Education Program toll free at 1-800-687-4040. Si desea información en Español, puede llamar al 1-800-687-4040.

Further information may also be obtained from Great Southern Ready Mix, LLC, P.O. Box 716, Porter, Texas 77365-0716, or by calling Ms. Monique Wells, Environmental Consultant, CIC Environmental, LLC at (512) 292-4314.

Notice Issuance Date: April 14, 2015


NOTICE OF HEARING
GALVESTON COUNTY LANDFILL TX, LP
SOAH Docket No. 582-15-3381
TCEQ Docket No. 2014-1278-MSW
Proposed Permit No. 1149B

APPLICATION.
Galveston County Landfill TX, LP, 3935 Avenue A, La Marque, Texas 77510, a municipal solid waste disposal facility, has applied to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) for a permit amendment to authorize the vertical and horizontal expansion of the landfill. The facility is located at 3935 Avenue A, La Marque, Texas 77510 in Galveston County, Texas. The following link to an electronic map of the site or facility's general location is provided as a public courtesy and is not part of the application or notice: http://www.tceq.texas.gov/assets/public/hb610/index.html?lat=29.38&lng=-95.05&zoom=13&type=r. For the exact location, refer to the application.

The TCEQ Executive Director has prepared a draft permit plan which, if approved, would establish the conditions under which the facility must operate. The Executive Director has made a preliminary decision that this permit, if issued, meets all statutory and regulatory requirements. The permit application, Executive Director's preliminary decision, and draft permit are available for viewing and copying at the La Marque City Library, 1011 Bayou Road, La Marque, Galveston County, Texas 77568, and at the Genevieve Miller Hitchcock Public Library, 8005 Barry Avenue, Hitchcock, Galveston County, Texas 77563. This information may also be viewed online at http://www.ftwweaverboos.com.

CONTESTED CASE HEARING.
The State Office of Administrative Hearings (SOAH) will conduct a preliminary hearing at:

10:00 a.m. – June 1, 2015
William P. Clements Building
300 West 15th Street, 4th Floor
Austin, Texas 78701

The purpose of a preliminary hearing is to establish jurisdiction, name the parties, establish a procedural schedule for the remainder of the proceeding, provide an opportunity for settlement discussions, and address other matters as determined by the administrative law judge. The evidentiary phase of the contested case hearing, to be held at a later date, will be a legal proceeding similar to a civil trial in state district court and will address the disputed issues of fact identified in the TCEQ order concerning this application issued on April 2, 2015. In addition to these issues, the judge may consider additional issues if certain factors are met. The hearing will be conducted in accordance with Chapter 2001, Texas Government Code; Chapter 361, Texas Health and Safety Code; TCEQ rules including 30 Texas Administrative Code (TAC) Chapter 330; and the procedural rules of the TCEQ and SOAH, including 30 TAC Chapter 80 and 1 TAC Chapter 155. The hearing will be held unless all timely hearing requests have been withdrawn or denied.

To request to be a party, you must attend the hearing and show you would be adversely affected by the application in a way not common to members of the general public. Any person may attend the hearing and request to be a party. Only persons named as parties may participate at the hearing.

INFORMATION.
If you need more information about the hearing process for this application, please call the Public Education Program, toll free, at 1-800-687-4040. General information about the TCEQ can be found at our web site at http://www.tceq.texas.gov/. The mailing address for the TCEQ is P.O. Box 13087, Austin TX 78711-3087.

Further information may also be obtained from Galveston County Landfill TX, LP at the address stated above or by calling Scott Trebus at 713-726-7506.

Persons with disabilities who need special accommodations at the hearing should call the SOAH Docketing Department at 512-475-3445, at least one week prior to the hearing.

Issued: April 17, 2015

Bridget C. Bohac, Chief Clerk
Texas Commission on Environmental Quality


NOTICE OF HEARING
CITY OF WIMBERLEY
SOAH Docket No. 582-15-3337
TCEQ Docket No. 2015-0482-MWD
Permit No. WQ0013321001

APPLICATION.
City of Wimberley, P.O. Box 2027, Wimberley, Texas 78676, has applied to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) for a major amendment to Permit No. WQ0013321001 to: change the method of disposal from land application to discharge into water in the state; and increase the discharge of treated domestic wastewater from a daily average flow not to exceed 50,000 gallons per day to a daily average flow not to exceed 75,000 gallons per day. The current permit authorizes the disposal of treated domestic wastewater at a daily average flow not to exceed 15,000 gallons per day via subsurface low pressure dosing drainfields of 94,500 square feet of non-public access land in the interim phase and 50,000 gallons per day via surface irrigation of 19 acres of non-public access land in the final phase.

The facility is located approximately one mile northeast of the intersection of Ranch-to-Market Road 12 and Ranch-to-Market Road 3237 in Hays County, Texas 78676. The existing wastewater treatment facility and disposal site are located approximately 500 feet to the west of the proposed facility within the same property. The treated effluent will be discharged to Deer Creek; thence to the Upper Blanco River in Segment No. 1813 of the Guadalupe River Basin. The unclassified receiving water use is minimal aquatic life use for Deer Creek. The designated uses for Segment No. 1813 are exceptional aquatic life use, public water supply, aquifer protection, and primary contact recreation. In accordance with 30 Texas Administrative Code (TAC) § 307.5 and the TCEQ implementation procedures (June 2010) for the Texas Surface Water Quality Standards, an antidegradation review of the receiving waters was performed. A Tier 1 antidegradation review has preliminarily determined that existing water quality uses will not be impaired by this permit action. Numerical and narrative criteria to protect existing uses will be maintained. A Tier 2 review has preliminarily determined that no significant degradation of water quality is expected in Upper Blanco River, which has been identified as having exceptional aquatic life uses. Existing uses will be maintained and protected. The preliminary determination can be reexamined and may be modified if new information is received.

The TCEQ Executive Director has prepared a draft permit which, if approved, would establish the parameters and limitations within which the facility must operate. The Executive Director has made a preliminary decision that this permit, if issued, meets all statutory and regulatory requirements. The application, Executive Director’s preliminary decision, and draft permit are available for viewing and copying at Wimberley City Hall, Office of the City Secretary, 221 Stillwater, Wimberley, Texas. This link to an electronic map of the site or facility's general location is provided as a public courtesy and not part of the application or notice. For exact location, refer to application. http://www.tceq.texas.gov/assets/public/hb610/index.html?lat=30.003888&lng=-98.083333&zoom=13&type=r

DIRECT REFERRAL.
The Notice of Application and Preliminary Decision was published on February 5, 2015. On March 31, 2015, the Applicant filed a request for direct referral to the State Office of Administrative Hearings (SOAH). Therefore, the chief clerk has referred this application directly to SOAH for a hearing on whether the application complies with all applicable statutory and regulatory requirements.

CONTESTED CASE HEARING.
SOAH will conduct a preliminary hearing on this application at:

10:00 a.m. – June 1, 2015
William P. Clements Building
300 West 15th Street, 4th Floor
Austin, Texas 78701

The purpose of a preliminary hearing is to establish jurisdiction, name the parties, establish a procedural schedule for the remainder of the proceeding, provide an opportunity for settlement discussions, and address other matters as determined by the administrative law judge. The evidentiary phase of the contested case hearing, to be held at a later date, will be a legal proceeding similar to a civil trial in state district court. The contested case hearing will be conducted in accordance with Chapter 2001, Texas Government Code; Chapter 26 of the Texas Water Code; TCEQ rules, including 30 Texas Administrative Code Chapter 305; and the procedural rules of the TCEQ and SOAH, including 30 TAC Chapter 80 and 1 TAC Chapter 155.

To participate in the hearing as a party, you must attend the preliminary hearing and show you would be affected by the application in a way not common to members of the general public. See 30 Texas Administrative Code Section 55.256.

INFORMATION.
For information concerning the hearing process, contact the Public Interest Counsel, MC 103, TCEQ, P.O. Box 13087, Austin, Texas 78711-3087. For additional information, the general public may contact the Public Education Program, toll free, at 1-800-687-4040. General information regarding the TCEQ can be found at our web site at http://www.tceq.texas.gov/. The facility’s compliance file, if any exists, is available for public review in the TCEQ central office, 12100 Park 35 Circle, Austin, Texas 78753.

Further information may also be obtained from the City of Wimberley at the address stated above or by calling Mr. Don Ferguson, City Administrator, at 512-847-0025.

Persons with disabilities who need special accommodations at the hearing should call the SOAH Docketing Department at 512-475-3445, at least one week prior to the hearing.

Issued: April 17, 2015

Bridget C. Bohac, Chief Clerk
Texas Commission on Environmental Quality


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